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The Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre for the Performing Arts
May 9, 2017 | 2:00 PM-9:00 PM


Gallatin Comedy Festival

The Gallatin Comedy Festival is a day-long celebration of all things funny. Stop by for student performances in sketch, improv, and standup. The event will also feature a panel discussion on “How to Take Back the Stereotypes Used Against Us in Comedic Spaces,” with working comedians in the biz in attendance to answer questions.

Jena Friedman, a former field producer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, who just released her first standup special, “American Cunt” will headline the Festival.

Reach out to the event producer, Stef D'Agostini, with any questions at


2:00-4:00 pm      Welcome and Student Performances
4:00-5:00 pm      Panel Discussion
5:30-8:00 pm      Student Performances
8:00-9:00 pm      Headliner Jena Friedman


Jena Friedman is a stand up comedian, actor, writer and filmmaker. She is currently a correspondent for National Geographic Explorer and has worked as a field producer at The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and has written for Late Show with David Letterman. Her critically acclaimed stand up special, American Cunt, is now available on Seeso and Amazon.

Mamoudou N’Diaye is a published neuroscientist, former middle school teacher, writer, stand-up, improviser, DJ, and activist originally from Mauritania. He graduated from the College of Wooster in 2014 with a degree in Neuroscience and moved to Brooklyn to pursue a comedy career, which he cultivated in college, bridging social activism, political satire, and pop culture through three separate hour specials. He performs stand-up all around the city (sometimes the country) been featured on deadass, Ryan Live, MTV News's Decoded, and has written for Funny Or Die's NewsFlash and now writes and performs at Mic. He's currently crowdfunding for his directing and writing debut Hashtag, a film about the process that a comedian is forced through when police brutality becomes a normal occurrence.

Rachel Rosenthal is a comedian, improviser, and improv instructor with over 15 years’ experience. She is also a freestyle rapper. Rachel performs twice weekly in NYC and is a faculty improv instructor at Miami Ad School, The Peoples Improv Theater and at Reckless Theatre in NYC. Once called an “improv whirlwind” by The Huffington Post, Rachel tours nationally and internationally teaching and performing with many groups including, free-style rapping Hip Hop comedy team, North Coast, who was named one of the “Top 10 Comedy Shows in NYC” by Time Out NY.  Rachel is also a writer, storyteller and actress and has been featured on VH1, MTV, and on several podcasts and radio shows including “This American Life,” “Risk!,” Slate’s “The Gist,” and WBUR’s “You’re the Expert.” More at or on social media at @raeroshow.

Sriya Sarkar is a comedian and digital media producer who loves working at the intersection of digital media, comedy, and activism. She has worked with artist Maya Lin for the What Is Missing? Foundation as well as the feminist sleeper cell of riotously funny reproductive rights advocates at Lady Parts Justice. She is the producer of Speakout Laughout, a comedic storytelling show about abortion, as well as lolvote, a comedy variety show and accompanying Twitterbot encouraging youth voter turnout. She has performed at numerous shows in a variety of bar basements and stages of all sizes. She was the deputy digital content director in North Carolina for the Hillary Clinton campaign. You can find what she's getting jiggy with at any given moment at